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Bronco's M1114 Up-Armored Humvee

By Tom Foti
Published: May 12, 2011
Bronco M1114 Humvee
Bronco M1114 Humvee bottom

Product: Bronco keeps producing kits of interesting subjects: this is the only detailed kit of the M1114 from Operation Iraqi Freedom contained in one box. The kit provides just about everything except the engine block, plus optional armament: M2 .50-caliber machine gun; Mk.19 40mm grenade launcher; AT-4 rocket launcher; and an M4 5.56mm assault rifle. Also provided are jerry cans, ammo cans, and personal electronic equipment. Doors and hatches are posable, too. Markings are provided for four vehicles.


Assembly: The instructions are colorful, but busy. It could be easy to overlook a step, such as adding some of the smaller photo-etched metal parts. Study the instructions carefully before beginning.


The instructions are colorful, but busy. It could be easy to overlook a step, such as adding some of the smaller photo-etched metal parts. Study the instructions carefully before beginning.


Bronco’s instructions start with the frame and suspension, just like most car models do. Building the chassis was no problem. The wheels are novel in that they are three pieces: a tread and two sidewalls. These went together very well. A bit of slop in the fit of the wheels to the axles left them a little wobbly.


With all the small parts to install, there’s lots of busywork assembling the interior. The hardest part was the computer stand. All those arrows in the illustrations are confusing. With all the optional jerry cans, ammo bins, and weapons, it may be difficult for you to decide what to use. But when you’re through, it looks complete.


Once the car body was installed, the center door jambs did not come out far enough to meet the door tops. This will not be a problem if you leave the doors open.


The seams on the back-side pieces did not fit all the way down, but I corrected that with a bit of persuasive clamping. However, the two-piece louvers for the side vent have a gap between them.


The hood over the engine bay did not sit down all the way in the back. I found the upper engine-deck pieces were interfering; I had to take off a little from a piece (Ca14) to help the hood seat properly.


The markings I used were the 95th Military Police Battalion. The decals went down fine on the semi-gloss surface before I weathered the model with Tamiya pastels.


Marketing: Bronco’s M1114 scale measures out just right, and it’s a good-looking replica of the latest, greatest Humvee. But with the above-mentioned busy illustrations and complicated build, I can only recommend this kit to experienced modelers.


Bronco’s M1114 scale measures out just right, and it’s a good-looking replica of the latest, greatest Humvee. But with the above-mentioned busy illustrations and complicated build, I can only recommend this kit to experienced modelers.


Bronco’s Humvee is the first the M1114 to be kitted in plastic, and that in itself creates a market. Full-size M1114s are used in all of the current conflicts with a U.S. presence, and are frequently shown in the news. This timeliness keeps the subject front and center and in the minds of modern military modelers.


And speaking of modern military modelers, a lot of them are vets looking for subjects they operated or saw in the service. This Memorial Day or Veterans Day, try a special that includes Bronco’s M1114 along with other modern U.S. military vehicles, such as Tamiya or Dragon’s Abrams, Trumpeter’s Stryker, or Academy’s Bradley. It’s sure to move.

VITAL STATS
Product: M1114 Up-Armored Tactical Vehicle
Maker: Bronco
Scale: 1:35
Stock No.: CB-35080
MSRP: $81.50
Availability: Dragon Models USA

BOTTOM LINE
Good moldings
First plastic M1114 in this scale
Complex build; some fit issues